hawaiian perfection

by @according2kelly on January 6, 2014

spending the week between christmas & new year’s in a hawaiian paradise was absolute perfection. lounging by the pool. long runs by the beach. virgin piña coladas, topped with freshly cut pineapple. here are few of my favorite moments & memories. after all a picture is worth a thousand words…

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 10.58.15 PMparadise found.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.24.27 PMmeet mighty mo: the battleship uss missouri… sneaking in a few history lessons while on vacation.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.00.36 PMtreasure hunting… hawaiian style.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.06.02 PMi could get used to a view like this.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.07.45 PMmother-son bonding, hawaiian style… on a standup paddle board of course.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.09.13 PMfireworks on the beach were the perfect way to usher in 2014.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.12.26 PMbeach bum.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.13.43 PMall is calm, all is bright.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.15.38 PMfresh grilled pineapple, crispy bacon, BBQ sauce, cheese & stacked homemade onion rings. seven brothers makes an AHHH-mazing burger. & the seasoned home fries? to die for.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 11.20.09 PMheaven on earth.

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new year’s resolute-NOTS

by @according2kelly on January 2, 2014

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new year’s resolutions have never exactly been my strong suit.  quite frankly, they’re hard to write, & bound to be disappointing.

& let’s be honest, i don’t think i’m ready for any disappointment quite yet – the year has just begun!

i’d like to think, make that i KNOW that twenty fourteen is going to be a year of adventure, opportunity & success.

so instead of making a list of things i’m going to do, that deep-inside i know i probably won’t… i’m making a list of things that i will NOT do in 2014, in no particular order.

* i will not stop practicing kindness.
* i will not pretend i’m super mom.
* i will not stop crafting.
* i will not compare myself to others.
* i will not stop saying hell & damn, but i can promise you – that’s the worst of it.
* i will not let fear stop me.
* i will not cut my own bangs.
* i will not stop loving the target $1 aisle.
* i will not let anything stand in the way of my happiness.
* i will not stop wishing i could wear my sparkle athletic skirt daily.
* i will not stop loving mocha almond fudge & mint ‘n chip ice cream.
* i will not stop trying to teach my children to be loving.
* i will not stop wishing i had a maid & a cook.
* i will not stop going to disneyland nearly weekly.
* i will not stop looking for ways i can serve others.
* i will not stop loving my dr. pepper chap stick
* i will not stop believing in myself.
* i will not forget thetruths about motherhood.
* i will not stop traveling. (even if i never travel past utah, at least i’m traveling.)
* i will not let life get me down.
* i will not stop craving crushed ice.
* i will not stop {loving} the oc.
* i will not stop snowboarding.
* i will not become a professional karaoke-er.
* i will not stop drinking chocolate milk after my runs.
* i will not leave the toilet seat up.
* i will not stop my virtual friends from becoming real life friends.
* i will not be afraid of being real.
* i will not stop reading.
* i will not stop eating cupcakes.
* i will not stop wishing i could sleep more.
* i will not stop running, biking, swimming,or exercising in general.
* i will not be afraid to be me.
* i will not stop eating cookies for breakfast.
* i will not stop being grateful.

the one & only resolution i am making this year? that this is the year i will be stronger, braver, kinder & unstoppable. this year i will be fierce!

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happy everything.

by @according2kelly on December 24, 2013

merry-christmas

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merry christmas. feliz navidad. joyeux noel.

however you say it – happy holidays from our family to yours.

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souvenirs.

by @according2kelly on December 2, 2013

disneyland-caricature

probably my most favorite disneyland souvenir – EVER.

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holidays at disneyland

by @according2kelly on December 1, 2013

disneyland-holiday-castle

disneyland, the happiest place on earth just got a wee bit merrier – & i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

now through january 6th, 2014 you can experience the holidays in a practically-perfect winter wonderland setting… & let me tell you, there is definitely a special magic in the air.

holiday-cookies-disneyland

decorations galore, tasty holiday-inspired treats (the holiday gingerbread beignets at the cafe orleans are to-die-for), “a  christmas fantasy” parade with mickey & minnie actually skating on a moving pond, brightly lit & seasonally dressed lamp posts, christmas trees (including the giant spectacular tree that towers over everything & everyone on main st).

small-world-holiday

literally thousands of sparkling lights, santa & his reindeer – live & in person, “believe… in holiday magic” firework show & the always-anticipated snowfall, holiday transformations of both “it’s a small world,” “haunted mansion holiday,” “jungle cruise” & so much more.

haunted mansion holiday

a beautiful christmas tree takes center stage near carthay circle on buena vista street, inside disney california adventure. the nighttime “mad t party” will be featuring alice and the mad hattar’s own brand of “off-kilter holiday spirit” in hollywood land. giant christmas lights & oversized ornaments can be found inside “a bug’s land.”

holiday-world-of-color

the nightly “world of color – winter dreams” show welcomes special holiday host olaf, the snowman (from the movie froze) & includes winter scenes from loved classic movies, new music and special effects. & even the the “phineas and ferb’rs rockin’ rollin’ dance party,” & paradise gardens have been given a holiday makeover – you can’t miss “disney ¡viva navidad!”

holidays-at-cars-land

¡Viva Navidad!”
¡Viva Navidad!”

but my absolute favorite? the lights & holiday decor found in cars land.

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each & every “address” along route 66 in cars land (flo’s V-8 café, fillmore’s, cozy cone motel, luigi’s casa della tires and more) features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “cars” character who lives there.

happy-holidays-from-disneyland-resort

i for one am love all the lights, sounds & of course, the snow. my kids are already excited about actually meeting santa & getting to pet his reindeer, at the reindeer roundup. & have i mentioned all the tasty treats? handmade candy canes, spiced apple cider, shortbread snowman & zesty tamales… my, oh my! but most of all – i love seeing my kids faces light up as they take it all in.

this is definitely the most wonderful time of the year at the “happiest place on earth.”

disclaimer: i was invited to disney holidays as a member of the “press.” all opinions are my own & i’ve loved (& attended) disneyland during the holiday season for years & years.

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for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is one of my personal favorites – stephanie lynn, the amazing blogger behind under the table and dreaming.

paperwhites growing kits {in a can}

Happy Holidays! I’m Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming. I’m so excited to join Kelly again for this years Bake Craft Sew.

Each holiday season, I always like to pre-make a few gifts and have them on hand for those unexpected occasions. I love passing on (and receiving) gifts that keep on giving and I don’t think you can go wrong with paperwhites this time of year. The are incredibly easy to care for and once they bloom, the flowers will last throughout the holidays and beyond.


In the past I have put together Paperwhite Growing Kit Gifts which gives the recipient all the necessary materials to plant the bulbs – even including the pot to grow them in. This year though, I thought it would be fun to get my little guy involved in the growing process and force the bulbs ourself.


It takes just 7-10 days to stimulate the growth of paperwhite bulbs. My little guy loves watching the roots emerge and grow day by day – and the experience is just as exciting as seeing the first flower bloom.

To force the paperwhite (narcissus) bulbs place them in a shallow dish on a bed of pebbles – then fill the dish with water until it reaches the bottom of the bulbs. Place the dish in a sunny location and make sure the water level is always filled enough to touch the base of the bulbs. Once the foliage leaves emerge, the dish should be moved out of the direct sunlight to prolong the flower development… That is when we plant them in dirt and get them ready to pass along to others.


As mentioned above, paperwhites are very easy to grow and can survive in a number of containers. Pretty much any container you have on hand would work – even glass jars, as drainage holes are not necessary. We up-cycled some tin cans from my little guys feeding formula and wrapped them with a variety of plaid fabric scraps and ribbon.

Paperwhite Gifts
Add a layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the container.


Then fill the containers with a small amount of potting soil – nestle in the bulbs and top off with additional soil until the roots are covered. Only the bottom 1/3 of the bulb should be covered with the soil. Multiple bulbs can be planted close together – but should not touch each other.


We embellished our cans with some handmade paper pinwheel gift tags.


These are another simple project that can be made in minutes with some cardstock or patterened scrapbook paper. I’ve made a set of printables for the center messages that can be printed right from your home printer. They can be downloaded here: Printable Pinwheel Tags


The full step by step tutorial for the pinwheels can be found here: Handmade Paper Pinwheel Gift Tags


Thanks so much Kelly for inviting me back for another year of fabulous Bake Craft & Sew projects.
I hope each of you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Under the Table and Dreaming By Stephanie LynnStephanie Lynn has a passion for do-it-yourself decor, home projects, and anything that keeps her creative mind busy. She enjoys the challenge of designing projects on her own; preferably using repurposed items when possible. As a mother to one special needs child, she enjoys adding a touch of whimsy and fun to the simple and classic styles that influence her the most. She believes style does not have to be compromised by a budget; no matter what that budget may be. Her blog, Under the Table and Dreaming is dedicated to inspiring others to find their inner creativity by sharing a variety of simple projects, fun crafts and occasional recipes.

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holiday wrapping & packaging tutorial
{from two shades of pink}

by @according2kelly on November 26, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is the fabulous jessica, the girl behind two shades of pink.

holiday wrapping & packaging tutorial

Happy Holidays sweet friends!  Today I am sharing with you a few of my favorite wrapping ideas I have come up with…some old and some new! My name is Jessica and I blog over at Two Shades of Pink where you can find inspiring diy ideas for the holidays, parties, and packaging.

 

 I truly love a pretty package.  It all started with my mom who wrapped such gorgeous gifts for as long as I can remember.  It made getting a gift that much more special.  I lost my mom a few months ago and this will be my first Christmas without her. Though I am still grieving, it makes my heart smile knowing she gave me a love for pretty packaging.
I am big time crushing on the Felt and Yarn for the colorful packaging above.  I will pretty much pom pom anything so putting a bunch of jumbo ones on a box and throwing some washi tape on there for a little something extra (and perfect for a sweet, merry message) was a must. :) I had such fun making these colorful and cozy packages using simple techniques like tying off a box with yarn and making a felt flower garland with a little flag taped on with washi tape.
The above packaging is a Red and Aqua theme. I created whimsical elements here like a lollipop using twine and a lollipop stick. I also glued flattened cupcake liners to make giant polka dots, made a pocket package with extra paper and lined the edge with ribbon. I played around making loopy yarn flowers with a pretty button and created cracker styled packages with shredded paper filler and pom poms for embellishment.
Pom Pom Washi Tags
Glue a lollipop stick to a pom pom and add some washi tape to make whimsical tags for your packages.  Here, I used coordinating colored paint chips to create pockets for the gifts.
 
Red and White Peppermint Elements
Here I used wrapping and tissue paper to decoupage a button, a wood bead and to wrap around a wooden spool.  I also made the cute little gift bag with silver grommets and put paper doilies as the filler. Or add a little lace flag to a toothpicks with a little bead glued on top.  Probably some of my favorite packaging. :)
Hope you enjoyed these packaging ideas and came away a little bit inspired today.
Thank you so much for having me Kelly!
Come on over and join Jessica at Two Shades of Pink for inspiring diy ideas to celebrate both the little and big moments of life. You will find great packaging ideasseasonal and holiday crafts, and great entertaining and party ideas.When she isn’t blogging or working on a project, Jessica enjoys spending loads of snuggle time with her handsome husband and two girls in west coast Florida. You can also find Jessica on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram.

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mason jar christmas gifts
{from polka dot chair blog}

by @according2kelly on November 23, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is the cute & wonderful melissa, the girl behind polka dot chair blog.

mason jar christmas gifts

Mason Jar Christmas Gift Idea

Hello there! My name is Melissa and I’m the girl behind the Polka Dot Chair Blog. My goal at the Polka Dot Chair is to inspire you to want to make something! Whether it’s a sewing project, a craft or a yummy recipe I want you to leave feeling inspired to create!

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Today I am going to share with you this fun Mason Jar Christmas Gift. I’ve even included a FREE printable for you! Stop by my blog, say “hello”, enter the giveaway and download your free gift tag printable.

I love to give out simple yet cute gifts at Christmas, and I love to think of clever ways to package them. I think this “faux” Santa Mason Jar would make a great teacher or neighbor gift. I filled mine with red licorice bites but you can pick any red candy that you like.

To make it you’ll need:

A Mason Jar that is not marked

Black 1” wide ribbon

Brass Buckle (you can buy these very inexpensively at a craft store in the notions section)

Mason Jar Christmas Gift Idea

Simply feed the black ribbon through the buckle and attach to the back of the Mason jar with a bit of hot glue.

Print out the gift tag and tie it to the jar with twine, sign the back and you’re done!

mason-jar-christmas-idea

I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Pinterest or BlogLovin’ ! Make sure you stop by and enter the giveaway!

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bottle brush tree tutorial
{from your homebased mom}

by @according2kelly on November 22, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is leigh anne, the blogger behind one of my absolutely favorite blogs - your homebased mom.

bottle brush tree tutorial

Bottle Brush Trees

I have been a collector of bottle brush trees for several years now.  Picking them up here and there and adding to my collection.

But if I wanted anything other than the standard green ones they sell at craft stores they were rather spendy.

I was having a hard time finding anything but the dark green ones they sell by the bagful to use with your Christmas village.  So I bought a bag of those for $10.00 as they were 50% off at Michaels and decided to try some DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Trees.

I didn’t want dark green trees though.  I wanted more of a vintage look to the trees so a friend told me you could bleach them so I decided to give it a try.  Guess what?!  It works!!!

I put together a mixture of 80%bleach and 20%water in a bowl.  I then added in the trees and waited.

Let them sit for several minutes and they will magically turn into this!

Use your metal tongs to remove them from the bleach and then rinse under water.

You can pull them out before they turn totally white if you like.  I did that on a few of them.  I liked having a variation in color.

I had to change my bleach out a couple of times as it will get dirty and sludgie as you go.  If you are doing a lot you may need to change your mixture out more out more than once.  The dirtier the mixture gets the longer it will take for the trees to bleach out.

For the bigger trees you may have to get creative with your container.

I love my little forest of bottle brush trees.

I love the vintagey look of the creamy white trees but if you want a more colorful forest get out some spray paint and paint away or even use Rit dye.  I made some various shades of red and pink for Valentine’s Day. You can dress them up as much as you want and even add little beads or jewels to them.

I decided to use them to dress up my mantel in the family room.

Let’s just say the lighting is less than favorable in my family room even on a sunny day so please excuse the mediocre photos.

I love my little forest.

For some other fun holiday ideas check out these:

Christmas ideas

How to Decorate  Christmas Tree - Christmas Decor Ideas - Christmas Minute to Win It Games

Leigh Anne

I’m Leigh Anne and food, family and friends are three of my favorite things. I am the mother of four young adults, a new mother in law and am still trying to adjust to life as an empty nester along with my husband of over 30 years. I love throwing parties, burying my head in a book and digging in the dirt in my garden. My husband would tell you I love making messes in the kitchen and craft room and finding junk (treasures) at Goodwill. I believe that life is beautiful and it is up to us to find and create that beauty. I love sharing my journey to finding the pretty and delicious in life over at Your Homebased Mom. You can also visit me on FacebookPinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

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kid friendly personal photo album tutorial
{from capturing joy}

by @according2kelly on November 21, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is the incredibly talented kristen, the portrait photographer & lifestyle blogger behind capturing joy.

kid friendly personal photo album tutorial

Giving the gift of pictures is what I do best. Not just for my parents and grandparents, but for my kids, as well. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy gift you can make to give to any family member for Christmas–they will love it! I’m Kristen Duke, and I’m a portrait photographer and lifestyle blogger at Capturing Joy.

Kristen Duke

Not only do I share photo tips such as what camera to buy, I also share home DIY projects such as the treehouse we just built, recipes my kids gobble down like Chicken Curry Broccoli, as well as parties like my daughters Pretty Purple Party.

Everyone loves pictures! It’s a no brainer that I gift my parents and grandparents pictures of my family and children each year. It’s what they love and something unique only I can give. But this gift idea is geared more specifically to young children (but I’m sure adults would enjoy it as well). It can be done in just a few short steps and even on Christmas Eve if needed. It isn’t too fancy, but it is well loved. I suppose you could get scrapbook paper out and make it extra fancy, but I think it is the simplicity of the pictures that draws my kids in.

The kid friendly personal photo album

It’s as easy as 1.2.3.

1) Turn on the computer and select 25-30 images per child

2) Print said pictures as 4×6′s to your favorite 1 hour photo lab

3) Find a mini album to slide in those images

Voila!

Print out a bunch of pictures. Yes, those pictures that have sat there for years and have never jumped out of the screen. They deserve to have a life and be enjoyed! I made this mini album for each of my 4 kids last year for Christmas, and they have loved it all year long. You can find the simple 24 print albums at most any store for $5 or less. Some are cuter than others…most feel pretty cheaply made, but that’s what makes it easy to give to the kids as a gift because you don’t care if it gets bent in all directions. I think this album above holds 36 pictures. I printed a variety of images from my “nice” camera to my camera phone….the whole family on vacation, the 4 kids playing in the rain in the street, just me and my hubby, grandparents, individual shots current, and individual shots as a baby. Here is a close up of some of our pages, just to give you an idea…and a glimpse into our life;)

If you don’t want to wade through past pictures, just highlight the past year. Some pictures I liked so much, I wanted them each to have, so printed 4 of that same shot. Others, just one. I ordered a big stack from Sams Club of about 150 pictures and waded through them once I got home. It was too much to decide ahead of time what to do with them. One of the kids favorite shots is a picture of my hubby sticking his tongue out as a silly face. This makes my youngest laugh each time she see’s it and she wants to immitate daddy being funny sticking his tongue out. It’s a great quiet book in the car or church and especially fun to put pictures of family that they might not be seen too often.

It’s part of my philosophy that children need to see images of themselves happy. With their siblings, their parents, etc. because it builds their self esteem and their sense of family. It is concrete engrained images of joy in life.

See…simple! Now aren’t you thinking….”why didn’t I think of that?” Or maybe you have thought of it….but I love giving this gift, because I see the smiles all year long. Just the other day I caught my 11 year old son enjoying pictures from his album all smiles. Melts. My. Mothers. Heart.

For other Christmas Ideas, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for having me!!!

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